ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan was awarded a WWE title belt for his efforts in Week 5 against the Atlanta Falcons.
Kerrigan returned a Matt Ryan interception 28 yards for a touchdown, prompting teammate Adam Carriker and Chuck Carroll to dub him the 4th & Pain Champion for the week.
Carroll presented Kerrigan with the belt at Redskins Park and seized the opportunity to ask the second-year player about hesitating before he took the Landover Leap into the stands.
As it turns out, Adam Carriker overheard Kerrigan tell teammates he didn’t want a repeat performance of former Redskin Jabbar Gafney’s leap last season. After catching a touchdown pass in 2011, an elated Gaffney jumped into the stands only to find fans scattering to get out of his way, sending him crashing to the hard concrete below.
“I had the fastest flashback possible of Jabbar falling in the stand and no one catching him,” Kerrigan said. “I was like, ‘That’s not going to happen to me. I’m going to ease my way into it and make sure I get caught at least.’ ”
He joins rookie running back Alfred Morris as a two-time champion on the show this season.
4th & Pain is the only pro wrestling show to be hosted by an NFL player and a former wrasslin’ announcer turned weight loss champion. The show airs Sunday mornings at 8 on 106.7 The Fan.